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LAst Laugh: This Week in Comedy

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Another week, another listing. This time there's some really choice shows all over town, and some other great ones that didn't make the list. Great stand up Larry Miller is going to be at the Comedy & Magic Club, and UCB keeps running with shows like Shitty Jobs and Friday night's WTF with Marc Maron.

That being said, there's more than enough to keep you occupied below, especially the one night only Eddie Izzard fundraiser show at the Echoplex. Get those tickets while you can. In the meantime, feel free to email me if you've got a show you'd like to get hyped. It's better than a Facebook invite or whatever MySpace uses.... stone tablets? I don't know.

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MONDAY 10/12

What’s Up, Tiger Lily?, 8p Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill. Word on the street is, this week’s line-up includes Marc Maron, Eddie Pepitone, Nick Kroll and Greg Proops. As always, the Tiger Lily show sounds worth a Monday-night look.

Cherry Crush, 9p iO West. This new improv showcase looks to expand the possibilities for worthwhile teams you might not have seen to get some mainstage face time. Check ‘em out.


Eddie Izzard, 7p Echoplex. A one-night only show to benefit 826LA. GO GO GO GO.

Elephant Larry, 8p Comedy Central Stage. Elephant Larry is hands down doing some of the best sketch out there. This month the NYC sketch champs do a show entirely based around the movie Con Air. Amazing.

Margaret Cho, 8:30p Largo. Cho’s “Doing It” show always comes with guests and a lot of laughs.


Firesign Theatre, 8p Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. This long-in-the-tooth sketch comedy group originally found their fame on the radio, but after 15 years they’re back in town for a short run.

Ghostfighters, 8p Comedy Central Stage. A slew of Second City folk put on a satire show of the ‘Ghost Hunters’ variety, starring Brian Gallivan, Jordan Peele, and the Frankenmatt guys to say the least.

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Wonder Dudes, 8p iO West. Seriously, I can’t say enough about these two guys and their insane brand of sketch comedy. Please, please go see them.

Orny Adams, 10p The Improv. Longtime stand up Orny Adams is back in town for one night only.

FRIDAY 10/16

Thomas Lennon, 8p The Improv. Reno 911!’s Lt. Dangle does more than just let it all hang out. He’s also effing hilarious.

Hard N’ Phirm, 8p Irvine Improv. Chris Hardwick and Mike Phirman are a great comedy duo that your favorite comic probably loves. It’s about time you did, too.


Lost and Found, 7p UCB. This great new show from former Harold team Sentimental Lady is a monoscene based on whatever you bring in for them, like a field dog with a dead bird.

It’s Criminal!, 8p Santa Monica Playhouse. Murray Meyers’ one man show about the oddities of being a criminal lawyer.

SUNDAY 10/18

Ice House 49th Anniversary, 7p Ice House. The Ice House in Pasadena has been doing what they do for almost 50 years, and this night is all about celebrating for a good cause. Money raised goes to Hillsides in Pasadena and word on the street (read: website) is that there’s a ‘special celebrity guest’. If it’s Carlos Mencia expect riots.

Theme Park, 9:30p UCB. This themed variety show boasts Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins, Paul Gilmartin, and Jimmy Pardo. Wow. This month’s theme? ‘Scary Things’.